2013 Story of the Year: Elliot Mast
- Written on Friday, 08 March 2013
|Town: Altoona, Pa
It was an easy decision for Elliot Mast to give back. The 14-year-old baseball player was born with a club foot and had to be treated at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. As Mast describes it, "[The Children's Hospital] helped me go from my baby cast to my baseball cleats." In 2010, he partnered with the Children's Hospital and started his own charity called "For The Kids," which benefits the Child Life Program.
Like most travel baseball players, Mast wants to play in major league one day. Elliot currently plays for the Altoona Curve Juniors and the Evoshield Canes. While on the road, he raises money through his own charity. For every homerun Mast hits, he donates 10 dollars, for every strike-out he pitches, he donates five dollars and for every hit he scores, he donates two dollars.
Since partnering with the Children's Hospital in 2010, he has raised 15,000 dollars towards the Child Life Program. Mast takes his donation jar to every game and spreads the message of his charity. At a silent auction in Altoona Stadium last August, he raised 3,800 dollars in one day by selling sports goods, gift baskets and gift certificates.
Mast received the President's Volunteer Service Award for 2012 in February. His goal for 2013 is to raise 5,000 dollars.